Steve Smith may snub tournament, David Warner set to sign

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CA claims that Lynn, having been let go by the Brisbane Heat, is a special case given he is a marquee player who does not have a contract in Australian cricket.

International Cricket Council regulations state that players require a non-objection certificate (NOC) from their board for two years after retiring. Multiple cricket sources claim this is a restraint of trade.

Local BBL stalwarts are becoming increasingly concerned that overseas players can earn up to $340,000 for playing the first half of the tournament before heading to the UAE for a deal that could yield another $500,000.

Australian, state and BBL contracts restrict players from competing overseas during the Australian season, meaning most will earn between $100,000 and at most $200,000 for 14 matches plus finals.

Chris Lynn in action for the Brisbane Heat.

Chris Lynn in action for the Brisbane Heat.Credit:Rob Blakers/AAP

CA said Lynn has not applied for an NOC but on Wednesday he was named in the Gulf Giants squad, the team owned by Adani Sportsline in UAE’s International League T20 (ILT20).

CA could have granted Smith permission to play in the BBL last season but handed the decision to the states. Except NSW, the states voted to ban Smith from playing, infuriating already unhappy broadcasters. Smith was nonplussed by the decision.

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However, CA claims that last season was unusual because of the pandemic.

Fox and Channel Seven paid a combined $1.18 billion in a six-year rights deal but have been at loggerheads with CA over the lack of big names in the BBL, which was disrupted by COVID during the past two seasons.



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